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One line repeated on the radio recently was that Newman did not speak to other members of his community for 20 years (CNS photo/courtesy of the Catholic Church of England and Wales)

There are so many stories about his warmth and charity it is hard to know where to begin

A 19th-century bust of Cardinal Newman is cleaned using a laser by conservator Veronika Vlkova Antoniou at Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery. The bust is by Richard Westmacott the younger

Exhibition will include the cardinal’s robes, hat, a pot of his quill pens, and a shell engraved with the Immaculate Conception

Handicapped pilgrims face the Basilica of the Rosary in Lourdes (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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A digital rendering of the future Newman Chapel at the London Oratory                                                                                        (Image courtesy of Russell Taylor Architects)

Building shrines for the new Blessed

Fr Anthony Symondson SJ describes three new chapels in Birmingham, London and Oxford that will be dedicated to John Henry Newman

The interior of the Birmingham Oratory (Photo courtesy of the Flickr photostream of the Catholic Church of England and Wales)

The Holy Father’s trip to Britain will be miserable for everyone if we don’t change our tone

Three Shrines for Newman

The forthcoming beatification of John Henry, Cardinal Newman has led to some significant architectural commissions

Lord Patten pictured with (left to right) Sharon Lee, strategic director, Environment and Culture, Councillor Alan Rudge, cabinet member for equalities and human resources, and John Blakemore, acting chief highway engineer, outside Birmingham Council House (Photo: Peter Jennings)

The organiser of the papal visit enjoyed the sunshine at Cofton Park before visiting Cardinal Newman’s private chapel

From left to right: John Pontifex, Fr Samir Khalil Samir, Neville Kyrke-Smith, 
Margaret Reagan, Fr Richard Duffield, Peter Sefton-Williams, Fr Gregory Winterton

Problem of extremism examined

Vatican expert speaks on impact of extremism in the Middle East

Cardinal Newman was played by Derek Jacobi in the radio play Gerontius. He came across as fey, self-absorbed and querulous (CNS)

If you caught the Radio 4 play about Newman, you have all the more reason to read this new booklet

Organisers of the papal visit have announced a new venue for John Henry Newman’s beatification, almost halving the number of people able to attend